[b-hebrew] LBLTY or LBTY, scribal error?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 16:08:08 EDT 2008


In 1 Kings 6:6 ends with the phrase:
כי מגרעות נתן לבית סביב חוצה לבלתי אחז בקירות־הבית

KY MGR(WT NTN LBYT SBYB XWCH LBLTY )XZ BQYRWT HBYT

which makes no sense.


The description in the verse appears to be something like
flying buttresses to hold up the walls of the temples.

מגרעות MGR(WT is also a happax legomenon, in context appears to be sockets
to hold the buttresses.

Is it possible that לבלתי LBLTY should have been לבתי LBTY ?

What say the DSS? Any variants to support this?

Karl W. Randolph.


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